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What Accidents are Common at a Chemical Plant?

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Allison & Ward

A chemical leak at the DuPont chemical plant in La Porte, Texas has led to the deaths of four workers. The fatalities were caused by a valve failure, which led to a leaking of methyl mercaptan. For one family, this event has become a double tragedy, as two of the four who died were brothers. Common Chemical Plant Accidents Despite the risks, special training and safety regulations in place that should prevent most accidents, many types of accidents can occur at a chemical plant. In some cases, a company taking short cuts may increase the odds of an accident. The following are common accidents in the chemical plant industry: Burns Explosions Falling object or cluttered pathways Gas leaks or exposure to toxic chemicals, which can cause serious illness or death Poorly trained workers or lack of safety precautions Unsafe working conditions, such as icy weather or rough winds These accidents…
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What Is the One-Bite Rule for Dog Bite Cases?

Posted on November 21, 2014 by Allison & Ward

Two Travis County workers were paid an $11,600 settlement after a Maltese dog owned by Justice of the Peace Glenn Bass bit them. The dog had previously bitten someone in 2011, leading to a $1,600 payout. Two years later, the dog had bitten another worker for $10,000 in damages. After four victims and $23,200 in fines, the dog has been given away to friends of Mr. Bass. What Is the One-Bite Rule in Texas? Texas is one of 19 states that follow the “One-Bite” rule for dogs. This law states that the owner of the dog is only liable if the dog has a history of biting someone or if the breed of the dog is known to be aggressive. Exceptions to this rule are injuries that occurred due to provoking the dog or through careless behavior or criminal behavior, such as trespassing. In the story above, a Maltese is…
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Are Sporting Injuries Eligible for Class Action Lawsuits?

Posted on November 19, 2014 by Allison & Ward

A collection of former University of Texas football players suffering from football-related brain injuries has filed a $50 million class action lawsuit against the NCAA. Their claim is that the college football organization has been negligent in regards to protecting college football players over the course of several decades. Do Athletes Have a Shot for a Class Action Settlement? The former UT football players do have a chance for their class action settlement. Only a few months ago, a similar head injury case occurred in Chicago. The NCAA settled the case by creating a $70 million fund to help diagnose former college athletes of a variety of sports. The NCAA also created a governing body that will make decisions regarding head injuries that teams will have to abide by. However, this case did not provide money for any individual players. It will be interesting to see how the lawsuit regarding…
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